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The basic idea behind OpenPatents.org is to change the rules of the patent game such that it is to the advantage of participants to help solve the problems of software patents.

This is done with two tools: A certification mark and a patent license.

The Certification Mark:

The Open Patent Certification Mark license can be applied to goods and services that are "playing fair" with respect to patents, (according to standards that will be published on this site today.)

The Patent License:

The Open Patent License (still under development) is in effect a mutual nonagression pact, with a number of additions that:

The draft versions of the license currently published are practically unreadable. An updated and vastly simplified draft will be published within the next couple weeks.


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